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Old 07-02-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default After 2 years I finally had my first boil over!

Oh well at least it's just a sweet stout so it's not like THAT should be very sticky. Ah the smell of burnt sugar on a hot day...
As soon as it happened I thought I heard a faint "hooray!" from somewhere just outside my garage where it occurred. Later I figured out it was the resident ants; they saw the mother lode of sugar hit the floor and knew they were gonna eat like kings that night.

How did a 2 year veteran make such a rookie mistake? All the following reasons contributed:
1) Only my 2nd 10 gallon batch in my 15 gallon keggle; not used to it being that full.
2) New banjo burner that puts out some serious BTUs, still not used to it.
3) Throwing in my pellet hops just as it started to boil... volcano!
4) Thinking I was a grizzled veteran and that a silly rookie mistake like that couldn't happen to me.

Now I just need to drop a glass carboy full of beer and I will have completed my list of required mistakes.

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Holy crap! I'm only on batch 5 and 3 out of 5 have boiled over. Despite my best efforts to scoop foam, and stir and blow, and anything else I could think of. To much liquid all 3 times but I keep thinking I can stop it somehow Oh well, a little extra scrubbing at the end.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #3
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:19 AM   #4
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Holy crap! I'm only on batch 5 and 3 out of 5 have boiled over. Despite my best efforts to scoop foam, and stir and blow, and anything else I could think of. To much liquid all 3 times but I keep thinking I can stop it somehow Oh well, a little extra scrubbing at the end.
Spray with Starsan when the hot break happens. Works like a charm.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:21 AM   #5
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You haven't really brewed until you have done a few 7 gallon boils in a 30 qt turkey fryer pot. 7.5 gallons that is. It leaves about 1 - 1.5 inches above the wort. Almost impossible not to get some liquid over the lip. Not really a boil over just the turbulence going over.

Fortunately all of my boil overs have been outside after I went to propane and full boil recipes.

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Spray with Starsan when the hot break happens. Works like a charm.
Why waste Starsan I just use water. It is getting boiled so there is no risk of infection.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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I have used Fermcap S over the last 10 batches at a rate of 2 drops per gallon with zero boils overs! Works great and no more worries of boil overs especially with 10 gallon batches.

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Why waste Starsan I just use water. It is getting boiled so there is no risk of infection.
Hell ya. I always have a spray bottle of Starsan on brewdays so I use that. One less thing I need to worry about.
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3) Throwing in my pellet hops just as it started to boil... volcano!



I always feel like this when i add hops...
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Hell ya. I always have a spray bottle of Starsan on brewdays so I use that. One less thing I need to worry about.
This. I always have a spray bottle of Starsan on brewdays, and I know I'm never going to use it all for sanitation purposes, so I also use it to control boil over.

Maybe.... Maybe star-san is just as tasty as lupulin, and we don't know it... and star-san is the secret ingredient...

SMaSS coming right up!
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